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Liposuction of the abdomen is the most requested body area for liposuction in San Antonio. Both the upper and lower areas of the abdomen can be treated with liposuction versus a tummy tuck, and for some patients, only the upper or the lower abdominal areas require suctioning for a good result. The goal of abdominal liposuction is to create a flatter, more pleasing silhouette and a more flattering drape for clothing.

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As we age, the abdomen begins to accumulate fat deposits. This can be a natural tendency in the years near menopause. But, even younger women, especially those who have been pregnant, may develop an abdominal bulge and increase in volume. Abdominal liposuction can trim and smooth fat bulges that accumulate between the skin and the abdominal muscles. When combined with SlimLipo™, skin laxity can be improved, and a more youthful appearance restored.

The shape of the abdomen is also greatly influenced by genetics. Even relatively young women who eat right and exercise can have abdomens that do not respond to their efforts. These genetically determined problem areas can be treated with liposuction when a woman’s best efforts haven’t been successful.

Another factor that is determined by both age and genetics is the shape of the abdominal muscle wall. Some women are fortunate to have a very flat muscle and all of their accumulated fat is located only between the muscle and the skin. This is the ideal circumstance for a good result with liposuction. For some, however, there is fat stored behind the muscle in the interior of the abdomen where the organs are located. This fat, referred to as visceral fat, and is not removable with liposuction. For many women, especially near menopause, there is fat accumulation in both of the locations. During a consultation the location of the abdominal fat can be determined. Women with even a small degree of fat located in the subcutaneous (the zone between the muscle and the skin) area may find liposuction rewarding if their best efforts haven’t been able to work it off.

Abdominal Liposuction vs. “Tummy Tuck”

We get many calls in our San Antonio office from women who are confused about the difference between abdominal liposuction and a “tummy tuck”, or abdominoplasty, as the procedure is called. Liposuction is the procedure of choice if there is subcutaneous fat present. A tummy tuck is only indicated if there is excessively loose skin, or if the abdominal muscle has been damaged with pregnancy or surgery and is no longer responsive to toning with exercise. Even when there is loose skin present, many women are pleasantly surprised to learn that their skin can tighten very well after liposuction, avoiding the more risky, invasive and longer-healing tummy tuck procedure.

Even if a tummy tuck is being considered, it is better to separate the tummy tuck and liposuction into two separate procedures to reduce the risks associated with combining the procedures. The medical literature has shown that risks are higher with combined procedures. Many times patients who thought they would need an abdominoplasty after liposuction decide not to do it after they see the results of liposuction. Surgeons who may not be familiar with the benefits of liposuction for skin tightening may recommend an abdominoplasty, so it’s a good idea to get a second opinion if the more serious abdominoplasty procedure isn’t very appealing.

Patient satisfaction is very high with liposuction of the abdomen from Dr. Finder. Dramatic results can be achieved in just one session. Abdominal liposuction can significantly change the way a woman’s clothes fit or how a woman looks in a bathing suit. If you have more questions about abdominal liposuction San Antonio or tummy tucks, please call us at our San Antonio location: (210) 492-3200

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It is with regret and sadness that I inform you… The Face & Body Place and Clarify are closed permanently.

After 23 years in this practice, I never thought I would write a letter like this.

I knew that at some future point I would close my aesthetic practice, but I did not expect it to come so suddenly. I would like to inform you of the events that came together to make this happen. This is not the choice that I wanted to make but I do not have a viable choice.

By the beginning of March, the practice was struggling. The era of solo practices is ending and the slow down over the winter and Christmas season was having a toll. Cash flow had dropped but costs and employees still had to be paid. I fully expected that the practice would return to profitability with the arrival of Spring, as it had done every year before. Therefore going into March, the practice had taken on additional debt in preparation for the Spring and Summer resurgence and the growth in the Wellness practice that I was adding.

February was weaker than expected as concerns started being voiced about this novel coronavirus epidemic in China and the implications for the US. The general uptick in sales that usually starts in late February did not happen. Going into March, I became worried and started to make plans to reduce hours and encourage patients to practice social distancing when coming in to see me. I began to reach out to vendors who were demanding payments and my landlord.

On March 22, the Texas Governor signed his Non Medically Necessary procedures declaration and made it illegal for my practice to continue. The practice cash flow shut off completely while vendor payments, expenses, and especially payroll had to continue. When it became apparent that I could no longer continue payroll, I was forced to let my employees seek unemployment insurance. At that point, I no longer had a viable practice.

I signed up for the PPP program in an effort to keep the practice afloat, but I was one of the many who never received a loan through two cycles. My employees have stayed in touch but are currently making almost as much unemployed thanks to the federal government subsidy that they will not consider returning to work until the entire four months is done. I completely understand their desire.

The cost of reopening a practice in the current environment is considerable. Those costs would have to be added to the debt that the practice took on over the last six months. It isn’t even clear that I could find employees to come to work at this point in the unemployment cycle. The additional $600 a week being paid by the Federal Government has not helped small business. Finally, the change in the standard of care for aesthetic medical practice because of COVID is substantial. It is not clear that I could see enough patients to pay the current costs, much less the added debt

I do not see a viable option going forward. My only choice is to close the practice. The practice was done in by the blow of the Coronavirus shutdown while it was in a vulnerable state.

The Future

I am heart broken over the effect on my patients. I know that many of you trusted me to take care of your aesthetic needs and now I am not there for you. I am especially heartbroken for those who trusted the practice and paid for services in advance. The COVID pandemic has been a cruel and costly blow for all of us. I do not know what the future will bring or if and when I will return to some sort of practice. Once I have had the chance to process what has happen I will be making decisions as to my next step. You are one of my major considerations. Once the future is clearer, I will be able to provide more information about our options going forward.


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